Premier League leaders Chelsea face another test of their title credentials on Saturday when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, with Antonio Conte’s men looking for their 11th straight win in the top-flight.
Chelsea secured another narrow victory in midweek with their 1-0 win over rock-bottom Sunderland, which opened up a six-point gap between themselves and second-placed Liverpool.
But they now take on a Palace side desperate for points after the Eagles suffered a last-gasp loss to Manchester United on Wednesday, which keeps Alan Pardew’s side hovering just above the relegation zone.
City welcome Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium
Clashes between City and Arsenal are always hard to predict, and this contest really could go either way at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon.
Pep Guardiola’s side are not convincing at the moment, but are always capable of brilliance, while the Gunners could be mentally weak after their defeat at Everton.
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There is every chance that this could be a goal-filled 90 minutes, which for the neutral is a mouthwatering prospect. Defeat for either will feel disastrous.
Klopp’s Derby Test
The rivals approach the 227th Merseyside derby with morale lifted by important victories in midweek while also anxious to avoid a defeat that would ruin Christmas for one half of the city.
Everton, who will be without the suspended captain, Phil Jagielka, are unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season but have not won any of the last 12 derbies.
For all the scrutiny on their defence, Liverpool have kept four clean sheets in their last six matches and Jürgen Klopp will hope Joël Matip recovers from an ankle injury for their first experience of Goodison Park.